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Are you tossing and turning at night, especially as you navigate the choppy waters of midlife? You’re not alone. The Midlife Makeover Show’s latest episode brings you an enlightening conversation with Dr. Deanna Minich, a nutrition scientist and author who delves into the wonders of melatonin and its crucial role in achieving healthy sleep and a healthy life.

Dr. Minich describes melatonin as the “molecule of consciousness” that connects us to nature. This powerful hormone, often associated solely with sleep, is revealed to have numerous other functions, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, regulation of mitochondria, and synchronization of our circadian rhythms.

With the onset of perimenopause and menopause, many of us experience changes that can disrupt our sleep patterns. Dr. Minich explains how melatonin levels naturally decline with age, a phenomenon she refers to as “melatonopause.” This decline can contribute to various age-related diseases and intensify sleep disturbances, highlighting the importance of maintaining adequate melatonin levels for overall health.

But melatonin’s story doesn’t end there. Dr. Minich provides insights into its wider implications for the immune system, particularly its role during the COVID-19 pandemic when it was discussed alongside vitamin D and zinc for its immune-boosting potential. She also touches on the fascinating connection between melatonin and gut health, emphasizing that this hormone is produced not just in the brain but throughout the body.

Listeners will appreciate Dr. Minich’s practical advice on how to naturally support melatonin production through diet and lifestyle choices. She warns against over-reliance on supplements and encourages a holistic approach to health that includes managing stress, proper nutrition, and understanding the impact of light exposure on our sleep-wake cycles.

For those curious about supplementation, Dr. Minich and our host explore the safety and efficacy of melatonin supplements, including how to determine the right dosage and the benefits of plant-based melatonin sources.

Whether you’re looking to improve your sleep, navigate midlife transitions more smoothly, or simply gain a deeper understanding of your body’s natural rhythms, this episode is a must-listen. Dr. Minich’s expertise, combined with her passion for functional medicine and natural health, makes for an informative and engaging discussion that might just lead to your best night’s sleep yet.

So, brew some chamomile tea, cozy up in your favorite chair, and press play on this transformative episode. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it.

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